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01-Mar-2018 22:08

On my birthday, I had a strangely pertinent thought: what's the probability of being born?

In a recent talk at TEDx San Francisco, Mel Robbins, a riotously funny self-help author, mentioned that scientists estimate the probability of your being born at about one in 400 trillion. If I had 400 trillion pennies, I could probably build a decent-sized penny fortress with it.

Let's not get carried away here; we'll just deal with the human lineage.

Say humans or humanoids have been around for about 3 million years, and that a generation is about 20 years. Say that over the course of all human existence, the likelihood of any one human offspring to survive childhood and live to reproductive age and have at least one kid is -- one in two.

A fertile woman has 100,000 viable eggs on average.

A man will produce about 12 trillion sperm over the course of his reproductive lifetime.

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If even once the wrong sperm met the wrong egg, you would not be sitting here noodling online reading fascinating articles like this one.

So let's say the probability of your parents meeting, ever, is 10,000 divided by 200 million, or one in 20,000. And the chances of that turning into a long-term relationship is also one in 10.

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